Today’s game is Purity by Carbide Software.
Purity is a puzzle game in which you are presented with a mass of tiles and you have to visit every tile exactly once. With intuitive controls, decent music and nice graphics, this game has the potential to be quite interesting. Does it live up to it? Read our first game review in months to find out!
First the concept: You are shown upfront a grid of small blocks. Your objective is to slide over each block exactly once. There are the usual suspects in these sorts of games: tiles that need to be run over twice, portals… that sort of thing. You have to be perfect in your strategy, if you even miss a single tile the level is not complete. It is challenging and requires you to plan ahead completely – to the end of the game. Executing your carefully laid out plan and seeing the level get solved can be gratifying. There are certain blocks that will teleport you, unfortunately it is now shown in the UI which teleport will take you to which other teleport, so you will have to do trial and error. Usually if a teleport takes you to some place, you can ride the same teleport back to the origin. In level 9, it seemed that one of the teleports took me to a different part of the map when I tried to take it back… and I was, well, confused.
The controls are well executed. There is no ad control during gameplay, which has been an issue with many games in the past. You can drag anywhere on the screen to make the cursor move, which is very useful. My only gripe with the control is that you can’t change direction midway without swiping your finger way too far. For example, you are moving your cursor down, and you want to go left. You nudge your finger to the left – nothing happens. You have to slide your finger almost to the edge of the screen on the left for the direction change to take effect, alternately you lift your finger and initiate a normal left swipe.
The presentation is nice, the sound effects are well done. The blocks look attractive, and the background has a galaxy of circling stars. Simone from Carbide Software wrote us to let us know that they are making some visual upgrades to the experience, but in my opinion they are fairly well done already.
The number of levels is a staggering 60 levels, each named with a word and its dictionary meaning. I played till level 10 before writing this review, which indicates that lots of gameplay is to be had from this.
Overall, this game is a polished, Mango-enabled, well-thought out puzzle game. Perhaps the game would have been more fun if it had some wacky visuals or unexpected surprises. I give it 4.5 stars of 5. Download Purity from Zune Marketplace or from the official website.